Nine-Years Ago (04-May-2008) — Colorado

In addition to Rocky Mountain National Park, I also liked to go to Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. It is a longer drive from Boulder, especially when the pass across the National Park is closed due to snow. The 23,464-acre wildlife refuge was established to provide suitable nesting and rearing habitat for migratory birds. Spring is a great time to visit as the migrating birds arrive when the snow in the wetlands is melting. There were a lot of birds, some I could identify and others that I need to identify. There are also a lot of prairie dogs.

 

Horned Lark in the wetlands of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Horned Lark in the wetlands of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Prairie dog in the wetlands of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Prairie dog in the wetlands of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Nine-Years Ago (03-May-2008) — Colorado

I spent the day at Rocky Mountain National Park. Early spring, and the upper elevations are still closed due to snow. There were a number of birds and mammals looking for food. I finally was able to identify one of the birds that I took a picture of that day as a Grey-headed Junco. I also spent some time using a 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens to do some landscape images.

 

Early springtime Gray-headed Junco in Rocky Mountain National Park.Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early springtime Gray-headed Junco in Rocky Mountain National Park.Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Two-Years Ago (10-March-2015) — Patagonia

Early in the morning I went for a walkabout at Estancia Chiristina. I was rewarded by the sky being lit up at dawn. I am always amazed by the colors of the clouds at dawn and dusk in Patagonia. Later in the morning we went for a horse ride to the glacier. Here they required helmets when riding the horses (which was good). A few images of silhouettes with lenticular clouds, and one of a rainbow over the glacier.

Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
About to go horse ride in Patagonia from Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
About to go horse ride in Patagonia from Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossing a glacier stream on a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and  Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossing a glacier stream on a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and selfie from a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and selfie from a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rainbow over a glacier in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and  55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rainbow over a glacier in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

30-March-2013

Wide Angle Lens Options for Nikon 1 Cameras

One of the issues I have had with the Nikon 1 “mirrorless” cameras is the lack of wide-angle lens options. The widest angle available with the initial set of lenses was 10 mm f/2.8 prime. This has a 77° field of view (FOV) equivalent to a 27 mm lens on a full-frame (FX) DSLR camera. I like taking wide angle panorama landscape images when traveling. In order to do this with the Nikon 1 camera requires taking several images and then stitching them together during post-processing. Before going to Norway, I saw a note on the internet that the Olympus FCON-T01 Fisheye converter uses the same 40.5 mm thread that the Nikon 1 10 mm f/2.8 lens uses. The 0.74x adapter increases the FOV to something like 20 mm on a FX DSLR camera. I took this combo with me to Norway, and published an image of Greenland from 36,000 feet on Google+.
Since returning from Norway, Nikon released a new wide-angle telephoto lens for Nikon 1 cameras – the 6.7 – 13 mm f/3.5-5.6. At 6.7 mm this lens has a 100° FOV equivalent to a 18 mm lens on a FX DSLR camera. The following three images were taken with the Nikon 1 V2 camera 1) with the 10 mm f/2.8 lens; 2) with the 10 mm f/2.8 lens and the Olympus fisheye converter; and 3) with the 6.7-13 mm lens at 6.7 mm. The wide angle image with the 6.7 mm does not have the fisheye curvature effect. Indeed, when in Norway I found that when I used the Olympus lens I would need to keep the horizon right at the middle of the image. I think that I will be adding the 6.7-13 mm lens to my light-weight travel kit.
Note: Nikon changed the threading on the 6.7-13 mm lens to 52 mm, so I can’t use the Olympus adapter with this lens 😉

New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)

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New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens + Olympus Fisheye adapter (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens + Olympus Fisheye adapter (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)

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New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 6.7-13 mm  lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/3.5, 20 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 6.7-13 mm lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/3.5, 20 sec). (David J Mathre)